January 15, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – John A. Logan College honored one of its most treasured assets Wednesday night prior to the start of the men’s basketball game with Kaskaskia.

Retired maintenance worker, Larry Page – the man who always jokes that he feels “terrible” all the while cracking a smile and who delivers some ferocious bear hugs and memorable mussings of hair –  received a standing ovation from the overflow crowd as he was presented a plaque of appreciation by JALC Athletic Director Jerry Halstead.

Page played basketball for the Volunteers in the mid-1980s for coaches Tom Ashman and Mark Imhoff prior to being employed by the college. And although he was a solid player, it wasn’t his ability to play the game that he is so fondly remembered. It is his zest for life. To know Larry is to love Larry. He was a friend to one and all on campus as referenced in the plaque he received.

It reads as follows:  

“In recognition of Mr. Larry Page… Your 28-plus years as a maintenance technician at John A. Logan College was only your formal job description. Encourager and entertainer seem more appropriate. The positive impact you have made on the lives of your co-workers and many student-athletes, in particular, will not be forgotten. Whether you were the father figure, big brother or simply “good friend” to these young people, you were a difference maker. We wish you only the best in your retirement and hope to see you around the basketball court many times in the years ahead! Your JALC Friends.”

Halstead said he can’t begin to explain the depth of Page’s value to the college, in particular to the athletic program over the years.

“Larry was definitely our go-to guy when something was needed no matter how big or small the job,” Halstead said. “We wish him well in his retirement.”